Tribal members stress cultural education

Tribal members stress cultural education

Members of the Warm Springs community turned out Nov. 28 to make recommendations at the annual...

Black Friday sales static, but lots of traffic

Black Friday sales static, but lots of traffic

Madras retailer report Black Friday sales similar to last year.

Enter Christmas parade

Enter Christmas parade

Locals can preregister for the annual Christmas Lights Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6...

Local man arrested deer shooting case

Local man arrested deer shooting case

Oregon State Police arrest two in connection to shooting of a buck deer in Wheeler County.

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Madras Latest News

November 30, 2016

Haystack sites closing for season

by Madras Pioneer
West Shore and South Shore recreation sites at Haystack Reservoir are set to close Dec. 1.
SUSAN MATHENY - Last week, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office cleared out more than a dozen camps in the Willow Creek Canyon, below the trestle. One of the most elaborate homeless camps had a couch, multiple chairs, tent, mattress, fire pit with wood, cooler and bags of food, as well as a shopping cart for transportation.
November 23, 2016

Crews remove 3.65 tons of trash from homeless camps

by Holly M. Gill
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has removed more than a dozen homeless camps from Willow Creek Canyon.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A negotiated settlement among Central Oregon irrigation districts, the Bureau of Reclamation and two environmental groups was designed to help the Oregon spotted frog.
November 23, 2016

Judge signs agreement on Oregon spotted frog

by Holly M. Gill
The negotiated settlement will reduce uncertainty for Central Oregon irrigation districts.


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Eldridge Maready
November 23, 2016

Inmate dies at DRCI

by Madras Pioneer
An 80-year-old man, serving at least six years for manslaughter, died Nov. 16 at the prison.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras City Administrator Gus Burril, right, swears in new Madras Police Department officer John Slyter on Nov. 4.
November 23, 2016

City swears in new officer

by Holly M. Gill
John Slyter worked as a corrections deputy and volunteered as a reserve officer before he was hired.
November 23, 2016

State parks offer free day

by Madras Pioneer
Day-use parking fees waived at 26 state parks in Oregon
SUSAN MATHENY - From left, Veterans Service Office staff members Laura Moore, Tom Weiss, and Scottie Henry, at far right, walk and carry their banner in the American Legion Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11.
November 16, 2016

Veterans air concerns over possible cuts at Veterans Service…

by Susan Matheny
County budget cuts threaten small VSO staff, which handles issues from the 2,200 veterans in the county.
HOLLY M. GILL - Janet Brown, Jefferson County manager for Economic Development of Central Oregon, has assisted Daimler Trucks North America in its efforts to move its testing facility to the Madras Industrial Site. The $18.7 million facility will include a test track and office facility (in the background). Brown successfully nominated Daimler for an economic development excellence award, which the company received late last month from the Oregon Economic Development Association.
November 16, 2016

Big investment in enterprise zones

by Holly M. Gill
As Jefferson County's manager for economic development, Janet Brown has renewed and enlarged enterprise zones encouraging nearly $70 M investment.
HOLLY M. GILL - On election night, at Geno's, Bill and Helen Houts (from left), Rick Allen, Mike Solso, Joe Krenowicz and Kelly Kingsbury watch as election results roll in.
November 16, 2016

County voters follow state, national trends

by Holly M. Gill
City votes to tax and continue sale of recreational marijuana; county prohibits recreational sale.
DESIGN BY TOM CULBERTSON - The city of Madras, which is directly in the path of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, has a new logo for the event.
November 16, 2016

City prepares for August 2017 total solar eclipse

by Madras Pioneer
Madras unveils a new eclipse logo, and website, with answers to your questions about the coming event.

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SUSAN MATHENY - Rick Molitor
Nov 16, 2016

Molitor resigns as 509-J superintendent

by Susan Matheny
Molitor will stay on in current position through the end of the school year.
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego resident Brian McCarl tries to calm a frantic nun (played by Michelle Hahn) who fears for the safety of trapped earthquake victims during a disaster simulation Saturday in Lake Oswego. It's all part of the city's Community Emergency Response Team training.
Nov 12, 2016

Preparing for disaster

by Gary M. Stein
For Community Emergency Response Team trainees in Lake Oswego, the final exam can feel very, very real
HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County Clerk Kathy Marston, left, assisted by longtime Election Committee member Sharon Comingore, runs ballots through the counting machine on Monday, when a total of 58.75 percent of ballots had been submitted. The final tally was a 73.7 percent ballot return.
Nov 09, 2016

County voters follow state, national trends

by Holly M. Gill
Madras approves recreational marijuana; county approves medicinal marijuana With expanded voter rolls, more Jefferson County voters turned in their ballots for the Nov. 8 election than any time…
JEFF WILSON - Members of the Madras boys soccer team celebrate after their 3-0 semifinal victory over Brookings-Harbor Tuesday, in Madras.
Nov 09, 2016

Madras advances to soccer title game

by Jeff Wilson
State championship Saturday, at Liberty High in Hillsboro "One more game. One more game." That was the chant heard all over the Madras soccer fields Tuesday afternoon, as the Madras boys soccer…
HOLLY M. GILL - Tax Collector Debbie Palmer visits with a customer at the tax collection window in the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex. Property tax payments are due Tuesday, Nov. 15, even if you haven't received a statement in the mail.
Nov 09, 2016

Tax payments due, whether or not statement arrives

by Holly M. Gill
Some statements, mailed from Salem, delayed In less than a week, property tax payments are due at the Jefferson County Tax Collector's Office — whether or not you've received your statement in…
WILLIAM LEONARD - The Oregon spotted frog is the subject of a negotiated settlement among Central Oregon water districts, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and two environmental groups.
Nov 09, 2016

For irrigators: What does agreement mean?

by Holly M. Gill
Settlement would change picture for water supply in dry years When the parties in the lawsuit over the Oregon spotted frog announced that they had reached a negotiated agreement last week, many…
Nov 09, 2016

Town hall on Oregon spotted frog agreement

by Gill, Holly M.
Deschutes Basin Board of Control to hold meeting Nov. 9, in Redmond The Deschutes Basin Board of Control will hold a town hall meeting Nov. 9, in Redmond, on the negotiated settlement regarding…
HOLLY M. GILL - Bud Beamer fills a plate at the annual MAC Bash fundraiser for the MAC Trust. More than 50 supporters of the Madras Aquatic Center attended the event, held Friday, Nov. 4, at the MAC.
Nov 09, 2016

MAC Trust holds annual fundraiser

by Holly M. Gill
About 50 supporters of the Madras Aquatic Center attended the annual MAC Bash fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4. The MAC Bash raises funds for MAC Trust — a nonprofit that helps make the aquatic center…
HOLLY M. GILL - Brian Crow, center, tallies up the purchases from Sue Vanek, at right, who was accompanied by her daughter, Kelsey Parsons, and grandson, Jase, 17 months. Vanek bought a Christmas tree stand, bathroom fixtures, and a door lock.
Nov 09, 2016

Lots of bargains at old courthouse sale

by Holly M. Gill
Bargain hunters started lining up at 8:30 for 10 a.m. sale When Jefferson County officials opened the doors of the old Jefferson County Courthouse on Friday to sell off old furniture, equipment…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Damon David
Nov 09, 2016

Man sentenced for violent assault

by Madras Pioneer
Judge hands down 90-month prison sentence A Madras man, Damon A. David, was sentenced Nov. 3 to 90 months in prison for attempted murder in a domestic assault incident on July 5. After a two-day…